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GVSU Downtown Development

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21 minutes ago, GRLaker said:

Holy crap...We're taking over downtown.

With an emphasis on crap in this case. 

Joe

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22 minutes ago, joeDowntown said:

With an emphasis on crap in this case. 

Joe

True. GVSU has typically been good at building quality facilities (minus the lack of height), but this one is a dud. It makes absolutely no sense to have two connected building that look completely different from one another. 

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13 minutes ago, GRLaker said:

True. GVSU has typically been good at building quality facilities (minus the lack of height), but this one is a dud. It makes absolutely no sense to have two connected building that look completely different from one another. 

I get it that the current Cook Devos center doesn't look anything like the other GVSU buildings (done by Design+ I believe which is not around anymore), but GVSU has shown, especially with the spectacular library, that they're willing to break from the mold (mould?) with building design. Why do they feel the need to do something so bland/cliche here? It looks like a bad mix of Eberhard and the business school. 

At least, at a bare minimum, pull in some of the prominent white color from Cook Devos.

Here, get rid of all that beige brick, step 1. 

 

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This is getting there! Switch it to white, change the window color, and god, I hate that diagonal line that sweeps down to make the facades "line up". Don't even do that. It's just dumb.

It seems like they could easily make this a complimentary add-on without it matching exactly. But right now this looks like a bad addition to a house that people desperately want to tear off. 

Joe

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On 7/15/2017 at 8:19 AM, GRDadof3 said:

Here's a larger version and nope, doesn't look any better. Maybe 3d version will look better?

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Just because they are committed to remaining a Division 2 school doesn't mean they have to resort to second rate design to prove it.

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Yuck.  Who designed that?  Probably one of the usual talent free local firms.  Go hire RAMSA again, you schmucks.  Class it the heck up. What a cow pile.

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53 minutes ago, x99 said:

Yuck.  Who designed that?  Probably one of the usual talent free local firms.  Go hire RAMSA again, you schmucks.  Class it the heck up. What a cow pile.

FTC&H?

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With everything new that GVSU is building being that light brown brick, I'm thinking that they have decided to be like Notre Dame in making that color and build material their MO. It's almost as if they view the CHS building as a mistake - a blip in the design radar that they will never go back to. If that is the case though, then do something about it. Reface the CHS building to match what they're connecting to it. Don't just say "whoops" and keep going like it never happened. 

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Although I also dislike the contrast between CHS and the addition, it seems like the brick color is very similar to Finkelstein Hall which is under construction. Did the neighborhood have a strong preference for brick in that color? I didn't actively pay attention to the NOBL public involvement process. They may be going in that direction over there as they build out the healthcare/medical campus. Nevertheless, the building looks very institutional. Although, I do like it better than the MSU Secchia Center, which is so institutional blah that it already looks 15 years old. 

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hate is a strong word :P

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It would look a lot better if they would use the same green glass on the additional rather than the black.

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